Allen County Regional Hospital continues to move toward a possible lease agreement with Saint Luke’s Health System. According to the Register, the hospital continues to share financial information. ACRH Board of Trustees chairman Loren Korte said that he expects the hospital could receive a lease proposal from Saint Luke’s by June or July. The hospital’s current contract with Hospital Corporation of America expires June 2020. The hospital board also received an update on its mammography accreditation. The American College of Radiation approved the hospital’s action plan to restore the accredidation it lost in May 2017.
Garnett police and emergency responders reponded to an armed subject held up in a home on the west side of US 59 Wednesday morning. According to The Anderson County Review, the subject came out of the house peacefully. No word on what caused the standoff.
Plans to repair the Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park have finally been given a green light. According to The Register, if things go as planned, the building could be open by mid-June. Iola City Council members have accepted a pair of bids to replace the building’s floor. It was flooded last October and has been closed ever since. The gym floor will consist of removable tiles atop a thin piece of padding. The other portions of the building, including the Little Theater, will be coated with an epoxy surface. The new flooring will be better able to handle any future flooding.
Iola City Council members also discussed but took no action on downtown parking changes. There has been an increase of renovated upstairs apartments around the square. That prompted questions about where where residents should park. Several ideas were tossed around.
There will be a number of Easter egg hunts in the area over the coming days. The Iola Kiwanis Club will have their annual Easter Candy Hunt on Saturday. It begins at noon on the courthouse square. The hunt will go quickly so be sure to get there on time if you want to particpate. The Mildred Store, will host an Easter egg hunt in downtown Mildred at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. That will happen right before the regular monthly music show which starts at 6:30pm. There will be a couple of Easter egg hunts in LaHarpe. The Light of LaHarpe Church will host its hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 901 S. Main St. LaHarpe PRIDE will host its candy hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday at LaHarpe City Park and there will be several prize giveaways.
Allen Country Commissioners were asked this week to help bring a storm shelter to the town of Mildred. The Register reports that Mildred had a shelter for a short time a few years ago but it flooded and has since been removed. Fundraisers are being organized for another one.
A woman with ties to Iola will be the voice of NASA this afternoon. It will be as part of the coverage of a cargo rocket launch to support the International Space Station. Robin Heard, wife of former Iola resident Scott Heard, will broadcast the launch from the NASA Space Center in Houston. The launch will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The spacecraft will arrive at the space station early Friday.
A discussion on the impact of food policy in Allen County is set for tomorrow. The Allen County Food Policy Forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Community Building, 505 N. Buckeye St. The Register reports that the event will include a presentation over the SNAP policy at the federal and state levels. It will also discuss ways to engage in the political process around issues of food security. The forum includes a meal. It will be free and open to the public.
A traffic advisory from The Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT is removing and replacing pavement markings on U.S. 400 in Greenwood County. The work starts at the north U.S. 400/K-99 junction, and continues east for 15 miles to the Greenwood-Wilson county line. Flaggers and a pilot car are directing one-lane traffic through the work zone. Expect daytime delays of 15 minutes or less through the end of April.
SEK-CAP, The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, has set a deadline for accepting applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. The deadline has been set at 4:30pm on Tuesday, April 30th. The program is funded through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation. It assists qualifying homeless individuals and families with rental subsidies, along with security and utility deposits.
The Humboldt USD 258 school district will host its first “Peace of Mind Festival” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Humboldt High School. The main event will be a presentation by mental health advocate and crisis intervention expert Jeff Yalden. The festival centers around the district’s “Peace Of Mind” program that provides mental health services to students in the district. It’s to encourage a more open conversation about mental health, and to help shatter the lingering stigma.
Iola native Clara Wicoff, who is a junior at Kansas State University, has received a 2019 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Register reports that she was nominated by KSU for the prestigious scholarship that provides up to $30,000 for post-graduate studies concerning public service. Clara is the daughter of Lisa and Joel Wicoff and graduated from Iola High School.
If all goes well, Iola’s Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park will be ready for the public by early summer. Iola City Council members are expected to look at bids on April 22 to redo the flooring inside the building. It has been closed to the public since it was flooded in October. Assistant Iola City Administrator Corey Schinstock told The Iola Register, it should take a few weeks after that to get the flooring installed. That would put the building’s opening at the end of May.
Allen County commissioners accepted their planning board’s recommendation to unanimously approve a permit for a new communications tower. The Register reports that it will be 490-feet tall and located just south of the landfill near LaHarpe. The tower will be used to facilitate communications for the various public safety departments across the county. Preliminary work is underway and the site still needs FAA approval.
The Managing Editor of The Allen Flame newspaper at ACC has won a statewide award. Lindsey Temaat was awarded the Kansas Collegiate Media Award for 2019 Journalist of the Year in the Two-Year University Division. Temaat received the award Monday at the KCM Spring Conference in Wichita. She competed against applicants from two-year colleges across the state of Kansas. Temaat is also the Student Senate president.
Humboldt council members have made it clear that they are willing to help support an ambulance station in the city. The Register reports that could include payment of utilities, including phone, fax and cable services. A new station, a block north of the downtown business district, will be built soon. County commissioners viewed plans a week ago but asked the architect to explore less expensive options for the building.
In the USD 257 bond election, all 3 questions pass:
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 11) . . . . . 11 100.00%
Proposition No. 1 Elementary School
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.43%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 2 IHS Science Building
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.17%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 3 IMS HVAC
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 67.99%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.01%
USD 257 voters will head to the polls today for a special school bond election. At stake is whether Iola will build a new elementary school for $25.5 million. There are also two other options: to build a new science and technology building at the high school campus for $7 million and to replace heating, ventilation and cooling systems at Iola Middle School for $2.8 million. Those two options will only occur if the elementary school passes. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Bass North Community Building at 505 North Buckeye and the Gas Community Center. Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked by today and received at the clerk’s office by Friday. We’ll have results both tonight and tomorrow morning on our Facebook and Twitter pages, also on iolaradio dot com and on the air.
The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm David Toland for state commerce secretary by a 23-14 vote. He survived an effort by several groups to derail his confirmation.